Shanghai, China -- Invista is building a 3000 sq.m textile research facility in mainland China to add to its existing textile centres in the US and Taiwan, and "further strengthen its ability to anticipate and address market demand for innovations in fibre and fabric applications," said a company statement.
The US-based fibres group, which claims to be the world's largest nylon and spandex polyurethanes fibre producer, is establishing what it calls a "state-of-the-art commercial textile research centre," in the Qingpu District of Shanghai, on the same site as its spandex plant.
The Invista China Textile Research Center, run by Invista Fiber (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, will start operations in May 2009, and is designed to serve customers in mainland China and the rest of Asia.
The setting up of this new unit "demonstrates our commitment to the China and Asia markets," said Dr. Eric Chang, Asia technology director of Invista Apparel, in the statement. "Through developing the latest technologies in fibre and fabric applications, Invista's new research centre is expected to not only help accelerate the advancement of the textile industry but also seek to align with the Chinese Government's goals to nurture high-value and innovative technologies and industries."
At the Shanghai laboratory, the focus will be on application and commercialisation of new fibre and fabric. The centre will help customers with every major aspect of the production process, ranging from yarn processing, knitting, dyeing to finishing, Invista said. And it expects the proximity of the unit to customers' operations to boost their confidence in development and application of new fabrics.